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TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR,

BY PATRICK MURDOCH, D.D. F.R.S.

AND AN ESSAY ON
THE PLAN AND MANNER OF THE POEM:

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LONDON:

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For G. G. & J. Robinson, R. Baldwin, F. & C. Rivington,

W.J. & J. Richardson, T. Payne, W.Lowndes, G. Wilkie,
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T. N. Longman, Cadell jun. & Davies, Carpenter & Co.,

and T. Hurst.

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IT is commonly said, that the life of a good writer is best read in his works; which can scarce fail to receive a peculiar tincture from his temper, manners, and habits; the distinguishing character of his mind, his ruling paffion, at least, will there appear undifguised. But however just this observation may be, and although we might safely rest Mr. Thomson's fame, as a good man, as well as a man of genius, on this fole footing ; yet the desire which the Public always shew of being more particularly acquainted

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